Reagan Anderson, the fastest half-miler in Delaware history, conquered the state’s most grueling cross country course with ease Saturday, and led her Tatnall team to one of the most dominant performances ever seen at a state meet.
Still battling a muscle strain that has kept her off the track during practice for most of the last three weeks, Anderson accelerated on the third mile to win in 18:59.07, the fourth fastest time in course history.
Teammates Julie Williams and Kieran Hanrahan followed, with the sixth and seventh best performances ever at Brandywine Creek State Park.
When eighth-graders Caroline Foley and Quinn Teklits earned fourth and sixth place in the final yards, Tatnall replicated its 2008 feat of having the four fastest finishers in both divisions, also accomplished by Howard’s boys in 1958.
“I just wanted to have a really strong finish and make my last race in a Tatnall uniform count and have no regrets after it,” Williams said.
As she did at last week’s New Castle County meet, Anderson let her two All-State teammates set the early pace.
“We wanted to stay strong and smooth through the first mile and a half. After the 2-mile point I made my move. I had those girls to do it with,” said Anderson. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to have my last Tatnall race with.”
Foley’s 19:32 would have been second fastest in course history as recently as 2009.
Tatnall may be even stronger in the southeast Regional Championships later this month, as Rebecca Salter, the Hornets’ second fastest runner, returns after resting due to a bone irritation.
Emily Paolucci (fifth) and Karlee Panella (seventh) paced runner-up Padua. Ashlynne Foley (ninth) and Adrienne Fraczkowski (10th) led Delaware Military to third, ahead of St. Andrew’s, whose seven runners finished within 95 seconds of each other, and fifth-place Archmere (Colleen Carney eighth).